Best of Big B: The Must Watch Big B Films

He made his debut in 1969 with the film Saat Hindustani, after that it was no looking back for him. We take a look at the best and the most memorable films of Amitabh Bachchan

By Neha Jha

Oct 13, 2017  Updated On : Jul 3, 2018

Amitabh Bachchan is the megastar of Bollywood and there are no two opinions on that. The actor who ventured into cinema quitting a decent job in Kolkata and did all kinds of small roles before he could land the lead in Zanjeer is also synonymous with ageing gracefully. While the Khans and Kumars are busy hiding their age behind special effects and VFX action sequences, Big B plays his age on screen and with the subtlety and nuance that is needed.

In his illustrious career spanning more than 4 decades, he explored all genres possible. Though he had the image of “angry young man” back in the 70s, he changed that in his second innings. He was also the trendsetter in that he became the first Bollywood actor to make a successful debut on the small screen. From the stern principal in Mohabbatein to the 102-year-old fun-loving man in 102 Not Out, he has done it all.

In this edition, we take a look at some of the most glorious films of Amitabh Bachchan. He is 75 and, with all the love and adulation, keeps going.

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

This was an age when actors were heavily typecast in specific images. Big B shed his angry young man image here and opted for a completely comedic role as Anthony Gonsalves. The role was so legendary that the name became synonymous with wit and comedy. Directed by Manmohan Desai, the film traces the journey of three brothers who reunite after ages and have been brought up in three different religions. But they are brought together to fight one common villain. The film is both interesting and humorous.

Not to forget, Abhishek Bachchan, after being awarded the Best Actor in a Comedy Role, attributed his win to this character of his father.

Abhimaan (1973)

Playing the role of a jealous, egoistic husband, Amitabh Bachchan paired up with his off-screen wife Jaya Bachchan in this film. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, he plays Subir, a successful singer who trains and inspires a young female singing talent Uma to make singing her career. They fall in love and get married. But, trouble begins when Uma’s popularity increases and begins surpassing her husband’s causing him to develop animosity against her.

The film has some amazing music by SD Burman. It found widespread relevance at the time and has found a place among the classics of that decade. And we have no words for the innocence and the gloom effectively portrayed on Jaya Bachchan’s face.

Silsila (1981)

This is the only film in which the audience could see Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, and Amitabh Bachchan together. Directed by Yash Chopra, the film is a love triangle and boasts of an inimitable cast with Sanjeev Kumar and Shashi Kapoor making guest appearances. Though it did not work at the BO then, Silsila is an oft-remembered film. Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha play a couple who had to break it off after he marries his brother’s lover since she is pregnant. They meet years later and rekindle their romance till tragedy strikes. Based on Yash Chopra’s own ideas of true love, the film is deemed a classic. Amitabh Bachchan has not worked with Rekha since and Silsila happened to be the last film of Jaya Bachchan as a lead actress.

Black (2005)

This Sanjay Leela Bhansali film reinstated Amitabh Bachchan as the foremost actor of the millennium. Starring with Rani Mukerji playing a deaf, mute girl, he plays Debraj Sahai, a teacher who uses tough means to teach mannerisms, words and their meanings to a frustrated and violent Michelle. He succeeds in doing so despite her parents’ disapproval but begins to develop Alzheimer`s disease slowly. Years later, when Michelle finally graduates, she searches for her teacher and finds him in a mental hospital where he doesn’t remember her nor is he able to speak properly. The film is regarded as a masterpiece and won Amitabh Bachchan a National Award.

Paa (2009)

Big B shattered all records when he played a child to his real-life son in the film also co-starring Vidya Balan. Directed by R Balki, the film was based on a child born out of wedlock who suffers from progeria which causes him to age prematurely. Big B plays a 10-year-old who seeks to reunite his parents after they separate owing to their pregnancy. The film also sheds light on the importance of safe sex. Amitabh Bachchan had to spend hours together in the make-up room to first get the makeup and then take it off. The subtle father-son relationship was amply depicted in the film.

Piku (2015)

Not many people know that Amitabh Bachchan had lived in Kolkata for a few years and hence speaks fluent Bengali. Directed by Shoojit Sarkar, he plays Bhaskor Banerjee, a hypochondriac who keeps developing new ways to prevent his daughter from getting married. A beautiful take on the father-daughter relationship, the film stars Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone. The sweet, simple film will tickle at your heartstrings and make you feel good. The film also reunited Big B with his longtime co-star Moushumi Chatterjee.

Big B’s magic continues to this day and his fans only hope it will continue in the years to come. Tell us which Big B film is your all-time favorite.

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